Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ALBANY -- With wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour at Grand Island Club, making life miserable for friend and foe alike, Lee County's Christian Liggin relied on her ace in the hole.

Grand Island is her home golf course.

Liggin shot a 78 Monday to win the sixth annual Trojan Invitational's female medalist honors.

But it wasn't easy.

"The wind was absolutely ridiculous," Liggin said. "I was having to go two clubs up on everything. Where I'd normally hit a pitching wedge, I was hitting an 8-iron. And (the wind) was a huge factor off the tee -- especially on the par 5s. Knowing the course was an advantage for me. I know the greens and I know where to position the ball.

"I missed a couple of putts I should have made," she added.

"I played OK, but the wind was really brutal out there."

Brookstone's boys, led by Cates Cullpepper's medalist round of 71, easily defended their title by 12 strokes after turning in a team total of 304,

Coffee County finished second at 316 and Tift County was third at 318. Colquitt County, paced by medalist runner-up John Fordham's 75, was fourth at 322.

Worth County carded a team total of 380 to finish ninth in the 11-team tourney. Host Lee County, whose no. 1 player Tyler Dorminey was scratched because of illness, finished 10th at 399.

In the girls competition, Tift County used an 80 by Brittany Jarrett to win team honors with a 164. Thomas County Central was second at 169 and Lee County was third at 175.